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Interview: Damon Wayans

Getting silly again
"Right now, my intent is not to offend. I just want to laugh. I want to suspend reality."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 16, 2010


Improv Asylum presents Scott Brown: The Musical

Tax Relief? Good Grief!
Should US Senator Scott Brown ever find any downtime between crucial votes on the future of this nation and hand-modeling gigs, he may want to flex his melodrama muscles.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  February 12, 2010


Interview: Patton Oswalt

On staying sharp
For someone who came up as part of the "alternative comedy" scene of the 1990s, Patton Oswalt is becoming increasingly mainstream.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  February 02, 2010


Interview: Eddie Izzard

Dressing as he pleases
"I don't mind that mainstream people go, 'What the hell is this guy on about?' I'd rather be at this end of town."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 06, 2010


Dane Cook is funny

In defense of the local comedian, who plays TD Garden on New Year's Eve
There are two things that non-comedians feel the need to tell me when discussing comedy. One is "Bob Saget is filthy." The other is "Dane Cook is not funny."
By: STEVE MACONE  |  December 30, 2009


Interview: Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis can't stop himself
"My dream [today] was bad. It was like a Jewish, Fellini-esque dragons-with-skulls-and-ex-girlfriends."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 17, 2009


Interview: Andy Richter

He's no fuddy-duddy
We have a chub for Andy Barker, P.I. (just released out on DVD), because we have a major chub for the show’s star, Andy Richter. Richter plays an accountant who is mistaken for a detective-for-hire and decides to just roll with it. 
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 25, 2009


Interview: Bill Maher

Bill Maher's new rules to live by
"If liberals act like pussies, then they are pussies."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 15, 2009


Interview: David Cross

 David Cross is not cross
"When people thought of stand-up in 1987, they thought of a guy with a skinny red tie and a jacket saying, 'What's the deal with blah, blah, blah?' "
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 07, 2009


Interview: Steve Martin, banjo extraordinaire

Just two wild and crazy guys
I remember watching Steve Martin’s Wild and Crazy Guy on a crinkly VHS tape, while sitting on my parent’s bedroom floor. I was just a little fat kid at the time. My parents were at work, as they often were, and my older sister, my only sibling, had just married her high school sweetheart and moved two miles away.  
By: CHRIS GARCIA  |  October 05, 2009


Interview: John Oliver

The British comic and Daily Show correspondent on Glenn Beck, gun nuts, and the National Health
John Oliver is English. There's no getting around it, really.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 27, 2009


Big Fat Whale gets even fatter

Laugh Factory
Brian McFadden's comic strip Big Fat Whale — which can be seen semi-regularly in these very pages — had an inauspicious beginning.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 26, 2009

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Special delivery

The subtle genius of Norm MacDonald
For the last two decades, comedian and SNL alum Norm MacDonald has been firing off on pop culture and sharing life observations with his disarming deadpan delivery and signature subtleties through a stoner Canadian accent and nasal drawl.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 19, 2009


The Funn(k)y Drummer

What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a drummer. In drumming, after all, timing is everything.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2009


Northern exposure

Four Boston funnymen tell some jokes at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival, and prove that comedy is more than just getting-r-done
While New York is grittier, Los Angeles juicier, and Boston is wicked smahter, for some odd reason it is Montreal that, for two weeks every summer, becomes the epicenter of the comedy universe.
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  July 29, 2009


Just For Laughs

Live coverage at Montreal's annual comedy fest
Blogs, Tweets, and comedy video direct from moose country
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  July 27, 2009


Interview: Kristen Schaal

Keeping her superfandom in check
Writing a book about romance with her boyfriend, Schaal says, "is kind of killing our romance a little bit, because you stay up late to write the book, and then you're too tired to get it on."
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 24, 2009


Interview: Kathy Griffin

D Girl
"I think Ryan Seacrest and Oprah will finally be together, and it will be like one of those great '70s cover-up movies and I'm playing the body."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 11, 2009


Sox trump comedy

Local Boy Does Better
"Being bitter is poison and bitter will kill you. Bitter is a root that will grow a poopy tree of death."
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 22, 2009

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AltCom! Preview

The 2nd Annual AltCom! Comedy Festival hits Somerville
The 2nd annual AltCom! Alternative Comedy Festival has officially kicked off.
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 28, 2010


World gone Wong

Chinese-born biochemical-engineer-turned-comic Joe Wong has conquered Letterman. You're next.
"I'm an immigrant," says Joe Wong. "And I used to drive this used car with a lot of bumper stickers that are impossible to peel off. One of them said, 'If you don't speak English, go home.' And I didn't notice it for two years."
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 29, 2009

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